I’ve been following the latest camera gear releases by Canon and love where they are heading. Long time readers of my blog will know that there was a time when I had only criticism when it came to Canon, but things changed starting with the release of the 1DX and later the 5D Mark III.
I love how Canon have split the 5D line into the 5Ds for the high megapixel version and the existing 5D for the lower megapixel version. This is something many people had requested, including me in my 5D Mark III review:
Please keep the sensor resolution on the 35mm sensor in the 21-24MP range. We don’t need more resolution!! It’s great where it’s at now. For people who want more resolution, consider introducing a medium format system. Or alternatively, introduce a new camera line, say a 4D, with more megapixels and more noise and slower framerate for the amateurs (as Ken Rockwell calls them) who go crazy about megapixels. But for us professionals, keep the 5D at 22MP.
Personally I don’t think I’ll be getting a 5Ds anytime soon, because low light performance and speed are a lot more important to me than resolution. I’ll wait for the 5D Mark IV which will probably be announced later this year.
In addition I’m also curious about the performance of the sensor in the 5Ds with regards to the noise and banding issues, especially in the shadows and skies. This has been a consistent problem for Canon sensors for many years now. The problem was reduced in the 5D Mark III but it is still far from what the latest Sony sensors are capable of.
I’ve just launched another one of my personal Internet projects. This time it’s a small website dedicated to explaining to people how the current social system that we live in (Statism) is enslaving us all, and why they should seriously think about not voting anymore. There are better ways of living together, and it’s high time that we start to seriously look into this.
The previous post I published here on my blog titled “Statism: A System for your Enslavement” contained the content I used for this new website.
I invite you to check out the website and if you agree with the content, share it as much as possible. The more people know about what’s really going on, the faster we can move towards creating a better world to live in.
You were born into a system that enslaved you from the moment you entered this world.  All your life you’ve known subconsciously, if not consciously, that there was something seriously wrong with the world you live in. Even though you were brainwashed from very early childhood to ignore it, you’ve felt deep inside you that your right to life was constantly being attacked by the very system that was supposedly put in place to serve your best interests.
You’ve been trained from very early childhood — while your mind was still innocent and defenseless — to remain ignorant and docile by the “education” system. You’ve been trained not to independently think for yourself, not to question what you’re taught, to be subservient and to blindly be obedient to authority and follow the commands that you’re given. Like the famous comedian George Carlin said, those who are responsible for this “don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. That’s against their interests.” What they want are “obedient workers — people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept” their enslavement.
I know for a fact that there is good in every human being on this planet. I’ve dedicated an entire post to human nature in the past, where I’ve argued that humans are intrinsically good. And it’s not just humans, but all organisms in the universe. And this is because the fundamental programming that drives all life in the universe (consciousness) is designed to be in support of life.
And yet we live in a world now where we see humans exhibiting extreme and antisocial behavior. To me the reasons for this aren’t a mystery anymore; I’ve shown in a previous post where this kind of behavior comes from, namely from the environment that we live in. Our societies are structured in such a way where the right to life of every individual is constantly being attacked in one way or another. Put any organism in such a hostile environment, and you will get extreme behavior.
I find that people can still be skeptical about this, especially when they hear this for the first time. And if I want to be honest, I can only admit that many years ago, perhaps even I might have been skeptical, though I would be open to the idea. One of the reasons why I know the above is true is because I also know it from experience; it’s not just theory for me. And I’ll share one of my experiences with you below. It was a long time ago so I’ll try to share it with you as best I can remember.
On the morning of June 23rd, 2013, I had a very strange experience. You could call it a dream, but I’m not sure it was a dream.
Right before I woke up at around 11am that Sunday morning, a blue screen presented itself before me. My whole field of vision was filled with a solid blue color, no matter where I looked. It was as if I was standing inside a blue sphere. There were no walls and no corners.
Then right in the middle, a small white window popped up with a progress bar with the text “LOADING…” above it, aligned to the left. It looked exactly like the image pictured above. I can guarantee that because as soon as I later woke up, the first thing I did was walk over to my computer and draw what I had seen in Photoshop after which I posted it to Facebook.
It took what seemed to be a minute for the progress bar to reach 100%. While it was slowly moving to the right, I remember thinking “Well, this is new…” and then later “It’s sure taking a long time…”
And when it finally reached 100% my bedroom crossfaded into view. It was a really smooth crossfade, too. I think I opened my eyes, but it almost seemed like my eyes were open all that time, and I could just see the “load screen” until it faded away into my bedroom.
After the “load screen” faded away, I found myself staring at the ceiling, thinking what the hell just happened. Was it a dream? If so, it’s the weirdest dream I ever had. And I would have dismissed it as just a weird dream if it weren’t for the fact that, as I lied there in bed, I had the best feeling I ever had.
It’s hard to describe how I felt; the best way I can describe it is feeling extremely well rested. I had never felt that way before, and so far, have never felt it again after that one experience. To me that was an indication of the fact that this had to be more than just a simple dream.
It was a very interesting experience, considering the fact that science is beginning to come to the realization that humans are very much like the robots we’re now beginning to build ourselves. Nikola Tesla used to refer to humans as “meat machines.” And that could be true; we could be meat machines being run by software we call our consciousness. Is it just coincidence that scientists have found that the human mind boots up just like a computer when we wake up in the morning?
“Just as a computer must boot up its operating system before running involved applications like spreadsheets, nitric oxide released as the brain wakes up may set the stage for more complex brain operations by enhancing information at the earliest processing steps,” said Godwin.
Like I mentioned in a recent post, the human body is really a biological supercomputer with many trillions of nodes (the individual cells). Every cell in the human body is a fully featured computer, and once hooked up to the communications infrastructure of the body (the body’s Internet), contributes all its resources to the body’s mind, specifically its processing and storage capacity (yes the mind is not in the brain; it’s distributed throughout the body in every cell).
It’s probably no coincidence either that Russian scientists have found that DNA is part of a biological Internet, basically what Rupert Sheldrake refers to as morphic resonance (what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious).
This could explain why I often just simply know things via “intuition.” Once I know something, I then go out to find supporting information in order to explain it to others in an acceptable way (i.e. so I can say something is true for other reasons than simply because I just know it).
The next 50 to 100 years are going to be very exciting when it comes to research into the nature of consciousness. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the recent past doing my own personal research on this. I often wish I could have been free from all the issues in life, and didn’t have to worry about earning a living, so I could dedicate myself completely to my personal research. It’s one of the few things I can still be passionate about in life.
One of the big mysteries of our time is the above symbol called the All Seeing Eye, sometimes also referred to as the Eye of Providence. It’s often associated with secret societies such as the Illuminati and the Freemasons, and is used to identify a supposedly sinister group that’s working behind the scenes against humanity. In my opinion such views are largely incorrect and I think that there’s a different and much more positive meaning behind the original symbol.
I’m not saying that groups who don’t mean us well didn’t use this symbol in the past, or aren’t using it now. What I’m going to show, among other things, is that they didn’t invent the original symbol. There’s lots of evidence pointing to the fact that various groups in the past have hijacked this symbol for their own organizations and purposes, that may or may not have anything to do with its original meaning. This would be similar to how Adolf Hitler used the swastika sign for his own purposes in Nazi Germany, and how the state of Israel is using the hexagram on their flag; they didn’t invent these much older symbols, but adopted them for their own purposes.
A few months ago I finally replaced my old BlackBerry Bold 9700 phone with the brand new Nokia Lumia 930. The previous phone, which served me well for over 4 years, was beginning to slowly die on me and the timing coincided perfectly with the release of the Nokia Lumia 930. I had to suffer 2 months with bad reception on the Bold 9700 before I could finally get my hands on the Lumia 930. I could have gotten another phone much earlier but I specifically wanted the Lumia 930. And after a few months of using it, I can say that it was well worth the wait.
The Lumia 930 is Microsoft Mobile’s flagship phone right now, and it’s a really awesome phone to use. One of the reasons why I got it was for the camera features; it currently has one of the best built-in cameras for mobile phones, not to mention the awesome Nokia Camera app. And with the Denim update, which is currently being rolled out around the world, things will only get a lot better (all new “Lumia Camera” app with new features).
When people mention to me that karma is a bitch, I always reply by telling them that karma isn’t a bitch; karma is just very misunderstood.
Saying that karma is a bitch is like saying that gravity is a bitch, because gravity can make us fall and hurt ourselves. But we know that gravity is just doing what gravity is supposed to do, and so we keep that in mind and try to be careful. If we trip and fall down and hurt ourselves, we don’t blame gravity; we simply get up again and try to be more careful. Similarly, karma also does what karma is supposed to do, and that is maintaining balance of energy in the universe.
A few years ago I wrote a post where I explained how what people refer to as karma probably works based on what we know about electromagnetism. What we refer to as karma is just the universe trying to maintain internal balance of energy. It doesn’t make any distinction between concepts such as right or wrong, good or bad and positive or negative — those are labels that we put on things depending on how we perceive them and depending on our understanding of our reality. All the universe cares about is balance.
So when you think that the universe is retaliating against someone’s bad behavior, or that the universe is rewarding them for good behavior, this is an incorrect view of how things work. What’s really happening is that balance is being restored. Nothing more, nothing less.
People like to blame the poor for the situation they find themselves in. I come across this quite often, and this really shows how uninformed people still are and how simplistic they think. But fortunately a constantly growing number of people worldwide are starting to wake up to the fact that poor people alone can’t be blamed for being poor and making bad decisions; what’s more often responsible for poverty and widespread inequality is the seriously flawed system we live in that most of us, in our ignorance, still think is a good system to keep in place.
As I’ve mentioned numerous times already on this blog, the system we live in today is fundamentally hostile towards the individual. As author Albert J. Nock put it in his book “Our Enemy, The State”, this system is an “anti-social institution that is administered in the only way an anti-social institution can be administered, and by the kind of person who, in the nature of things, is best adapted to such service [a psychopath].”
This system was specifically designed so that a small elite (of psychopaths) could very easily be able to control, manipulate and enslave large masses of people. For example, inequality is fundamentally built into the system. People wonder why there’s so much inequality around the world today and fail to realize that this is because we live in a system that’s fundamentally designed around inequality. But we can’t expect people to easily realize this when we have an “education” system in place that is specifically designed to keep the masses passive, ignorant and obedient to authority, while not being able to critically think for themselves.  In addition, people are constantly kept in a survival mindset in an environment of artificial scarcity. If the population is kept struggling to survive every day, barely being able to provide for themselves, then they won’t have time to develop themselves intellectually and spiritually, and consequently will be powerless to rebel against the system that enslaves them. Indeed most people remain so intellectually poor that they don’t even realize that they are slaves, let alone think about getting rid of the system responsible for their enslavement.
Today I read an article on The Huffington Post where the author points out that, these days, strong men are increasingly more often looking for a strong, independent and intelligent woman:
Men are finding the most attractive and sexually desirable women are not brainless beauties whose sole function is to look good and stay quiet, but women who are making good money and are in positions of power. The woman who got ahead on her looks by marrying a “sugar daddy” is now being replaced by the woman who is equal to her man in earning power and career position. That’s sexy.
Says Dr. [Stephen] Juan: “A really strong man wants a woman who is equal to him, that is the truth of it now. A weak man wants someone that is docile and a servant to him — it is a real sign of insecurity in a man to want a brainless trophy wife. Wives can be beautiful, intelligent and have careers and opinions just as strong as their partners.”
The days of a well-off older man who has a brainless beauty on his arm at social functions seems to be a deal out of Mad Men. Educated, intelligent women are the ones most sought-after by men of the same caliber. Brains are the new beauty.
However, the article also assumes that strong men want to marry such women, and I think that this is wrong and contradicting.
Really strong men do NOT want to get married to a single woman for the rest of their life; they know that’s a very bad idea. Only a weak man would want to tie a woman into an exclusive relationship with him (including marriage), so that he can make her dependent, control her and pretend to own her. That’s a real sign of insecurity in a man.
On the contrary, a strong man is confident enough to let a woman stay a separate, free and independent human being, who is free to spend time with whomever she wants, whenever she wants, and is completely free to live her life the way she wants. And this is because a strong man knows how to truly love a woman; he respects her right to life and her basic needs as a human being (click here to fully understand what this means).
A strong man knows that if a strong woman truly desires to spend time with him, he won’t have to waste his time putting unnatural amounts of effort into convincing her to do so; she will say so herself and ask for his time. Yes, strong, independent and intelligent women know what they want and don’t like to play games — they’re very clear and direct and actively pursue their desires.
A strong man also knows that a strong woman will stick around all by herself because of what he has to offer her (his personality, intellect, intimacy etc. — nothing materialistic). And when a woman loses her interest in him — which is bound to happen eventually (read here why) — a strong man can easily move on because he knows that there are many more interesting women out there (and he may even have already been enjoying their company simultaneously).
In fact, a strong man never limits himself to one woman; he simultaneously enjoys the company of as many women as he desires in his life. A strong man knows that variety is key to living an enjoyable and fulfilling life (read here why). And he also knows that strong women will readily acknowledge this simple fact of life, as they themselves also need variety in their own lives as well.
The article also mentions the following:
To paraphrase Henry Kissinger, a powerful man who married Nancy Maginnes, a powerful woman: “Power, success and financial security are the ultimate aphrodisiacs”.
I disagree with that as well. That statement may be true in the sick world we currently live in, but I think that the ultimate aphrodisiacs are independence, intelligence, compassion and the ability to truly love. This will only become more so in the future.